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:i Mudda Pandit of Golkonda sarcastically observed, "Why
should he not be considered great? Where is the occasion for
considering the superiority and the otherwise of states?"

When each of them had thus expressed his individual
opinion (?), Bahnbalendruni Brahmayya explained to them the
reasons (for estimating the status of the kingdoms), in concilia-
tory language. "These three kingdoms represent Brahma,'
Visnu and ilahesvara. Their comparative merit should be
determined in the same manner as the superiority of these Gods
is decided. The Asvapati is famous for his cavalry, the
Gajapati for his elephants; and the Narapati for his man
power. Therefore, it must be conceded that the Narapati is
superior; for? the Lord has said. : among men I am the king.'
Moreover, there are several devadayas, IrcJtwadayaSy sacred
tanks, and holy places of pilgrimage in that kingdom. Besides,
the God Visnu dwells in a cognizable form on the hill of
Venkata. Elders, wise men, Brahmans, Yatisf heads of
monasteries, and kings visit this God and offer him their pre-
sents. So the kings of Karnataka are celebrated for their
holiness. The Gajapati comes nest to him, as the God
Jaganiiayaka has condescended to dwell in his kingdom ; the
Asvapatis live on the banks of the Ganges in the kingdom of
'the God^ Yisvanatha. Yedula Sahu, Kntapana Malaka and
Nizam !§ahii, these three who arc on the frontiers of Karnataka
belong1 to the same race. Is it proper to class them as the
equals of the kings of Karnataka ? "*
The great ministers, Dondo Pandit, Miiddo Pandit and
Dado Pandit understood the meaning (of Brahmayya). As
they served under masters who were given to drunkenness and
cow-slaughter and had no faith iu the Godf and the Brahmans,
*Discnssions such as the one described iu this passage appear to have been common
In the sixteenth century, (see. e.g. Krsnaraya's Zmttbtamdlyadat 4- : 131.) *• When it
commences to rain, the wayfarers who take shelter in the rest-houses assert (in the course
of their talk) that the Narapati takes his rank ahove the Gajapati, who ia his tarn is
superior to the Asvapati; and they come to blows while enumerating the men, elephants
and horses which each of them possessed; but as soon as the clonds show signs of
dispersing, they scatter themselves, each going his own w^ay."